Fresh back home from a trip to Paris, I’m pretty sure that right now a good percent of my blood stream is made up of red wine. When in France do as the French do though right? And boy do they love la vin rouge! And as my friends and I sat outside a busy little French bistro, wrapped up in warm clothes and jackets, enjoying the cool winter beauty of one of the world’s most gorgeous cities with the Eiffel tower sparkling like a tower of diamonds in the distance, I felt grateful for the creations of a neighboring nation, and most especially so for the bottle of Bordeaux on our table that we sipped on and savored like the best of Parisians.
And the beauty with red wine is not just that it tastes so good, but fortunately unlike chocolate croissants and crème brulee, it can actually be good for your health!
It seems almost unbelievable that an alcoholic drink might be actually be good for you but studies have shown that the polyphenols like resveratrol (which are anti-oxidants) contained in red wine have been shown to have heart health benefits, reduce risk of inflammation and blood clotting and when consumed in moderation can increase your HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
It’s also thought that the any anti-oxidants in red wine can prevent the oxidative damage that cause aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.
Red wine can even prevent gum disease and harden your tooth enamel which makes you more resistant to tooth decay.
But, before you go breaking out the bottle of red wine and guzzling it down with dreams of looking younger and achieving great health, there are a few conditions to consuming it. As with anything in life, even too much of a good thing can be bad for you, so remember
- Drink red wine in moderation. Although the French, Spanish and Mediterranean countries consume it almost daily, the fact is they are usually consuming only one glass a day with their evening meal. Not a bottle! I would really recommend keeping it to two or three nights a week or at the weekend, have a glass or two. Drinking too much, too frequently is a health disaster and you don’t want to get to a point where you can’t control your consumption.
- Choose Organic red wines when possible. Because the vines are sprayed with pesticides too so choosing Organic when it comes to wine is just as important as choosing organic fruit and veg. More and more organic wines are coming on the market due to demand so seek them out.
- Drinking red wine can stain your teeth. As much as I love it, I avoid it when I’m out and about socializing as purple teeth aren’t terribly attractive ! 🙂
So go ahead and buy yourself some good quality red wine and enjoy it with a delicious meal and savor it’s rich flavors.
Oh, and I always recommend drinking it by candlelight… with some good music… and a handsome man! Essentials to truly experiencing the undeniable romantic essence of red wine, of course!!